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Black Francis is the stage name contrived by and for Charles Thompson during his residency in college rock band the Pixies, a period that ran from the group's formation in Boston during 1986 until the dark day in 1993 when Black Francis announced during a BBC radio interview that the group was disbanding. The other members of the Pixies such as Kim Deal were not yet wise to this, finding out a tad bit later when their now former associate faxed them a transcription of relevant parts of the radio show. Thompson's next show business identity was as Frank Black, often in the bandleading context of Frank Black and the Catholics. Publishing bean counters can watch for songwriting credits under both pseudonyms as well as under Charles Thompson; in the latter case he should not be confused with the famed classic jazz keyboardist whose works were recorded by Charlie Parker and many others. Thompson released many albums under his Frank Black moniker, but returned to the Black Francis name for 2007's Bluefinger, which was a concept album about the life and death of Dutch painter/punk rocker Herman Brood and featured some of Black's most ferocious rock in years. Still working under his Black Francis moniker, Black released the sexually charged NonStopErotik in 2010. Abbabubba, a B-sides and demos collection, arrived in 2011 along with The Golem, Francis' score for the 1920 silent film of the same name. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Black Francis

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Black Francis

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    Popularity
  2.   Wild Son
  3.   Little Stars Theme
  4.   Stars
  5.   Astaroth
  6.   Test Pilot Blues
  7.   Do What You Want (Gyaneshwar)
  8.   Miriam and Florian Theme
  9.   Captain Pasty
  10.   That Burnt Out Rock and Roll
  11.   Captain Pasty
  12.   Gyaneshwar
  13.   Abbabubba
  14.   You Can't Break A Heart And Have It
  15.   Serious Curious
  16.   Tight Black Rubber
  17.   The Maharal
  18.   Band Intro
  19.   Threshold Apprehension
  20.   Polly's into Me
  21.   Get Away Oil
  22.   Lake of Sin
  23.   Dead Man's Curve
  24.   Bluefinger
  25.   She Took All The Money
  26.   Angels Come To Comfort You
  27.   The Obedient Servant
  28.   Polly's Into Me
  29.   Your Mouth Into Mine
  30.   Nonstoperotik
  31.   Cinema Star
  32.   Bluefinger
  33.   The Word (Reprise)
  34.   Lolita
  35.   Svn Fngrs
  36.   Six Legged Man
  37.   Discotheque 36
  38.   The Water
  39.   The Flower Song
  40.   Bad News
  41.   Angels Come to Comfort You
  42.   Alabaster
  43.   (Oh How I Wish I Could) Stay
  44.   Talking
  45.   You're Gonna Pay
  46.   All Around the World
  47.   Your Mouth Into Mine
  48.   Corrina
  49.   Makanujo
  50.   Test Pilot Blues
  51.   Virginia Reel
  52.   Can't Break a Heart and Have It
  53.   Tight Black Rubber
  54.   The Cover of the Rolling Stone by Joey Santiago
  55.   Meet Me at the Ghetto Gates
  56.   Miriam and Florian
  57.   She Took All the Money
  58.   Rabbits
  59.   Lolita
  60.   O My Tidy Sum
  61.   When I Go Down on You
  62.   Discotheque 36
  63.   Ghost Coming
  64.   Wheels
  65.   The Conjuring
  66.   Il Cuchaiao
  67.   Custom All the Way
  68.   Monkey Gone to Heaven
  69.   All in My Mind
  70.   The Cover of the Rolling Stone
  71.   El Clavo Y La Cruz

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